Born January 28, 1965, Tom started swimming with the North Y Torpedoes before joining the Thornhill Swim Club, where he swam until transferring to the University of Calgary Swim Club in 1979.
Under the guidance of Hall of Fame swim coach Deryk Snelling, Tom swam his way into the history books by winning a medal at three consecutive Olympic Games. He won a silver medal in the 4×100 medley relay at both the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and the 1988 Seoul Olympics, and a bronze medal in the 4×100 medley relay at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. He won the FINA overall Swimming World Cup ranking both in1989 and 1992 and finished 2nd in the same ranking in 1990, all in the butterfly event. Tom also achieved three world records and 33 national titles throughout his lengthy career.
An International Trade graduate, Tom retired in March 1993. He is a certified NCCP Level 3 coach, member of ACC and on the SNC Awards Committee. He is currently the assistant head coach of the Nose Creek Swim Association and a senior buyer with WorleyParsons MEG in Calgary.